In the final regular season game of the 2015-2016 year, the no.6 ranked Gee-Gees women’s basketball team (17-2) met with difficulty from the Laurentian University Voyageurs (3-16) but pulled away with a win at 59-51.
The Gee-Gees win secures the number one spot in the OUA overall RPI rankings. Ottawa will have home court advantage for the duration of the playoffs, which begin on Wednesday, March 2. Ottawa receives a bye for that round and will host a conference quarter-final at 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 5.
Back in November, the Gee-Gees defeated Laurentian with a comfortable 20-point lead with a score of 80-57. This time around, great ball movement by the Voyageurs kept the game tight. On the defensive end, Laurentian’s speed and athleticism put pressure on the Gee-Gees with nine steals compared to Ottawa’s four in the first half. Laurentian finished the game with an impressive 13 steals.
The Gee-Gees opened the game with back-to-back threes hit by seniors, Kellie Ring and Julia Soriano on their first two successive trips down the floor. Ring, with a weekend complete with two double-doubles, put up 11 points and 10 rebounds, as well as 4 assists for her team. Soriano also got on the board for the Gee-Gees hitting nine points, six rebounds and two assists.
With Ottawa’s big post player, Katherine Lemoine out of the game, it was as battle of the guards and small forwards.
Laurentian’s top scoring guard, second-year Emily Tinnes played a tough game dropping 16 points, the team’s high score. Adrienne Moreau, five-foot-ten guard, displayed a strong defensive effort with five steals and four defensive rebounds. Fifth-year guard, Danielle Harris, hit some crucial baskets including two foul shots to close the point spread early in the second, tying 18-18. Both, fifth-year guards Moreau and Harris each added to the final tally seven points.
With the low scoring first half at 25-23, the Gee-Gees hit the court hard in the second with a 7-0 run to grasp a bit an edge on the Voyageurs. The high lead was short-lived as Laurentian fought bucket to bucket to close the third quarter 43-39.
In the end, the difference maker for Ottawa was Catherine Traer as she went 4-4 from the three-point line, sinking three consecutive baskets from beyond the arc to give the Gee-Gees a double figure lead in the fourth, sealing the win. Traer, with a season trend of strong performances under pressure, landed 16 points in the second half alone against Laurentian along with seven rebounds, a steal, and two a piece in blocks and assists.